When the Jaguars traded for the Jaguar: Who should be the best cornerback in this year’s draft?
Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell took a risk in trading up to pick a cornerback in the second round in April, but he still saw enough talent to take the top pick.
In this year and the next, the Jaguars will look to add a corner in the first round, so if the Jaguars don’t get one at No. 4, they’ll need to go a little more extreme.
Here are five corner prospects to watch in the draft:1.
Jourdan Lewis, CB, LSU: Lewis has the size, length and athleticism to be a premier cornerback, but there’s something missing: the size.
He has the frame and the physical tools to play a deep-in coverage, but it’s the way he’s coached in college that makes him unique in this draft.
In his time at LSU, Lewis has improved tremendously, making him a top-notch prospect.
He’ll likely be selected as high as No. 12 overall in the NFL Draft, which makes him a first-round pick.2.
J.J. Wilcox, CB/DE, Texas A&M: A&m defensive line coach Bill Callahan and former Tennessee Titans coach Todd Monken have worked together on defensive coordinator Mike Mularkey’s staff for the last four years, so he should be able to tap into his coaching acumen and learn from him.
This year, he’s been the top edge rusher on the Aggies’ defense.
Wilcots athletic ability could make him a perfect fit for the 3-4, a position the Jaguars struggled to play last season.3.
Myles Jack, DE, Alabama: Jack is one of the top talents in this class, but his lack of speed makes him an intriguing prospect, especially given his size and athleticism.
The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Jack has a very quick first step and has the quickness to make tackles, and he also possesses great pass-rush ability.
If he can improve his speed and move to outside linebacker, he could be a big-time pass-rusher in the league.4.
Calvin Pryor, DE/OLB, Alabama (Round 2): Pryor, a five-star recruit from Alabama, is a versatile player who could fit into a 3- or 4-3 defense.
He can play either a strongside linebacker or outside linebacker and could develop into a solid pass-rushing presence.
The Jaguars could be willing to take a chance on him, which gives them a chance to add some depth to their defensive line.5.
Malik Jefferson, CB (Round 4): The Jaguars have been linked to former LSU defensive end Jarrad Davis, who is a player they may consider for their cornerback position, but they’re likely to take Jefferson in the fourth round of this year, as the Jaguars are likely to have their top-five pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Jefferson could be an ideal fit for a 3, 4 or 5-tech scheme and has impressive size, speed and athletic ability.
He also has good hands.6.
Darron Lee, CB or DE, Florida State: Lee is one the most versatile players in the 2018 class, and there’s a reason for that.
He’s a freak athlete who can play all three levels of the defense, and his instincts and ball skills are second to none.
He could be the first player taken in this round, but will likely be taken with the 6-5, 310-pound defensive end in the third round.7.
Jalen Ramsey, DE (Round 5): Ramsey is an outstanding athlete who is one that could end up at a very high level in the pros, as he has the speed, instincts and instincts to be an elite pass rusher.
He played in a variety of different schemes during his time with Florida State and could easily develop into an elite edge rusher.8.
Justin Evans, DE or DE/LB, Florida: Evans has been playing at Florida State for several years now, and is the best defensive end the Seminoles have had in a long time.
He is very versatile and has a long reach that could allow him to be effective in the 3 or 4 defense.
The problem is that he’ll be in the middle of a 3 or four defense, which will give him a lot of work.9.
Deiondre Campbell, OT, Missouri: Campbell is one-and-done at Missouri after an impressive career at Arkansas, and that could be his last chance to show he can be a productive NFL tackle.
He was a solid blocker and ran a very good, but not great, 40-yard dash.
Campbell is still young and could have the ability to become a first or second-round NFL prospect.10.
Jalston Fowler, RB, Alabama, or RB, Florida (Round 6): Fowler could be in for a big year if he can continue to improve his receiving skills and add weight to his frame. He had